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College of Humanities & Sciences

Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies

Madison Moore, Ph.D.

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Assistant Professor

Madison Moore, Ph.D. (American Studies, Yale), is an artist-scholar, DJ, and assistant professor of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies with research and creative interests in Black queer studies, performance studies, fashion, contemporary art, and popular music. madison comes to VCU from King's College London where madison was a postdoctoral research associate on the European Research Council-funded project "Modern Moves" in the Department of English. During madison's time at King's, madison also served as director of the Queer@King's Research Centre.

madison is the author of Fabulous: The Rise of the Beautiful Eccentric (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2018), a cultural analysis of fabulousness as a radical aesthetic practice that marginalized people use to transform pain and struggle into opulence. Other writing has been published in The Paris Review, Aperture, The Creators Project, Art in America, Theater, The Journal of Popular Music Studies, Out, The Cambridge Companion to the Singer-Songwriter, and NewNowNext. madison is currently at work on two new book projects: the first, a cultural analysis of Beyoncé, the second a book about queerness and club culture called "How to Go Clubbing," under contract at Yale University Press.

As an artist-scholar who sees no gap between theory and practice, madison is also the creative director and resident DJ at OPULENCE, an art-collective and queer techno party that centers marginalized bodies on the dance floor and in the DJ booth.

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